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KELLEY: Bowman's genius on display
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DENVERGood day, class. It's long been stated (and written) that Detroit Red Wings coach Scott Bowman is: A) the winningest coach in National Hockey League history.
B) the winningest coach in the playoffs in NHL history.
C) a genius. Points A and B are simple enough to prove. Just go to the NHL guide and record book and find Bowman's name atop both lists. Every game he wins just adds to the records that quite likely will never be broken. Point C is somewhat subjective, but I, and a great many in hockey, believe it to be true. In my mind a genius is someone who is consumed by his vocation. A brilliant individual, not just with an ability or "flair" for what he does best, but a person who is consumed by what he does. A genius is someone who doesn't necessary lead, but is someone who is so consumed by his unusual mental ability that he is compelled to follow it wherever it might take him. Bear with me a moment, gentle reader, and the following single but lengthy paragraph will help prove my point. It will take a little work on your part, but then understanding genius is never a simple task. Question: Scotty, can you describe the mindset of overtime as a coach? You have been through so many overtimes. Is it tough to watch?